Here's a short blog post (mostly videos!) of some example of training sessions where I was able to use a distinct pattern for the dog to get reinforceable behavior quickly.
What you need
- starting point – this is typically a station for my young dogs
- behavior – eye contact, positions, weaves, contact, etc
- reinforcement strategy – dish, manners minder, pre-placed toy
- a direct route from where the reinforcement was collected back to the starting point
Here is a pattern used with Shrek for the behavior of eye contact.
Here is a pattern used with Gletta for running through channel weaves.
Here is a pattern used with Gletta for sequencing and building obstacle focus.
How can you use a pattern in your next training session?